3 New Modern Grace Entrance Sculptures in Downtown Fort Worth

One of Fort Worth’s downtown hallways just got a little niftier. Three outdoor sculptures from the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection went on display along West 7th Street beginning Monday, August 8, and will remain there indefinitely.

According to a statement, the Modern has partnered with the First on 7th building to showcase the work in a “walkable, park-like setting located at an urban downtown hub.”

Sculptures — George Segal Meeting by chancethat of Alex Katz Departure from Park Avenueand Bautista Moroles texan shield – can be found specifically at First on 7th Plaza, 500 West 7th St. Visitors can look for them in a tree-lined triangle adjacent to the 20-story First on 7th building and the Cantey Hanger Plaza.

“We were delighted when the First on 7th team suggested installing sculptures from our collection on this site,” Modern director Marla Price said in the statement. “Our sculptures joining the works currently on display create a wonderful entrance into downtown Fort Worth.”

The hallway is also home to Jonathan Borofsky’s iconic Man with briefcase (2002), across 7th Street in Burnett Park, as well as a sculpture by Isamu Noguchi in the plaza, which was commissioned in 1960 “to help shape an environment that connects art to ‘architecture,’ the statement noted.

Here’s a look at the three new Modern sculptures, with descriptions provided by the museum:

Meeting by chance by George Segal, 1989
(Bronze, aluminum post and metal sign, 125 x 74 x 58 inches; acquired by the Modern in 1989.)
“George Segal (American, 1924-2000) created works centered on contemporary everyday life. Meeting by chance, 1989, depicts a street corner with three life-size figures in dark green patina, each dressed in modern clothing. Apparently, having crossed paths unexpectedly at the intersection of two city streets, the attentive postures and expressions of the figures indicate that they are engaged in serious conversation.”

Departure from Park Avenue by Alex Katz, 2019
(Porcelain enamel on shaped steel with steel core, 96 × 31 × 1 1/2 inches; acquired by Le Moderne in 2021.)
“The work of Alex Katz (American, b.1927) is known for its simplified lines, shapes, and colors, with recognizable and personally meaningful content. Departure from Park Avenue, 2019, was first exhibited in Midtown Manhattan along the mid strip of Park Avenue. The eight-foot cutout depicts the artist’s wife, Ada – whose image appeared regularly in his work throughout his career – from behind as she walks. Although distinctly flat, smooth and reminiscent of an advertisement, the sculpture evokes the tenderness and intimacy between the artist and his muse.”

texan shield by Jesus Bautista Moroles, 1986
(Granite, 97 3/4 x 45 x 44 1/2 inches; acquired by Modern in 1991.)
“Jesús Bautista Moroles (American, 1950-2015), a Texan, harnessed the power of granite in sculptures such as texan shield, 1986. The two vertical slabs in the work are woven together at a 90 degree angle along a central spine, part of the artist’s ‘Granite Weaving’ series. Interested in the variety of textures, colors and shapes of Texas pink granite, Moroles juxtaposed smooth, polished stripes alternating with wavy, raw-edged stripes to reveal the beauty of the material in its manipulated, natural states.”

Photography of the sculptures is permitted, but patrons should refrain from sitting or climbing on the artwork to take those perfect Instagram selfies, the museum advises. Parking is available on adjacent streets and in the building’s parking garage on 6th Street, and the plaza is close to Trinity Subway Route 2, DASH Route, and a Fort Worth bike-share station .

David H. Henry